Kinesiology and Physical Education

Note: Admissions to the Ph.D. (Ad Hoc) have been suspended; no new applications to this program will be accepted. Please contact the department for further details.

 Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Kinesiology and Physical Education


  • Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Gymnasium
  • 475 Pine Avenue West
  • Montreal QC H2W 1S4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4184, ext. 0302
  • Fax: 514-398-4186
  • Email: eileen.leduc [at]
  • Website:

About Kinesiology and Physical Education

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education provides a large variety of research opportunities in a number of areas related to human health and physical activity.

Master's Programs

In Exercise Physiology, research is being conducted on:

  • obesity treatment, public health surveillance, and health disparities;
  • biology and physiology of aging skeletal muscle;
  • adaptive plasticity of skeletal muscle in health, disease, and aging;
  • the role of mitochondria in skeletal muscle health, disease, and aging;
  • interventions to protect and/or restore mass and function of aging muscle;
  • biology and physiology of the aging heart;
  • clinical and integrative exercise and cardio-respiratory physiology;
  • COPD research;
  • muscle physiology and biophysics.

Other research in Biomechanics includes specialization in:

  • ergonomics, motor control, fatigue, and musculoskeletal disorders;
  • locomotion and gait research;
  • applied ice hockey research;
  • neurophysiology and rehabilitation.

In Exercise and Health Psychology, research is presently underway examining:

  • the psychosocial determinants of health behaviour, body-related emotions, and physical self;
  • motivation in youth sport and physical activity;
  • school and community-based physical activity promotion;
  • physical education and health development.

In Sports Psychology, research questions examine determinants of:

  • coaching expertise;
  • team building;
  • psychology of athletic injuries (concussions);
  • hockey violence.

Research in Adapted Physical Activity examines issues of:

  • self-regulation of individuals with movement difficulties;
  • physical activity in persons with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
  • play and movement skill proficiency;
  • perceptions and professional skill development of physical education teachers;
  • motor behaviour;
  • autism.
Master of Arts (M.A.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis) (45 credits) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis) (45 credits)

The thesis programs in Kinesiology and Physical Education are designed to help students develop research skills and expertise in their selected areas of research. All students must have a physical science background to study in the M.Sc. program and a social-psychological background to study in the M.A. program. Researchers in our program have their own research facilities.

These research programs often lead to pursuits in research and teaching careers, or in professional careers in kinesiology. For example, many students pursue careers in fitness/wellness, exercise rehabilitation settings, and sport science settings. Students may become teachers, health club directors, work in cardiac rehabilitation centres, and/or become exercise prescription counsellors.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Non-Thesis) (45 credits) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

The non-thesis programs are currently not offered.

The non-thesis programs in Kinesiology and Physical Education are intended to help students develop professional skills related to their careers in kinesiology and physical education who do not have an interest in research. Students will work with a supervisor and will take a number of courses in the academic areas of interest and will also complete a research project in the area of interest.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2017-2018 (last updated Jul. 10, 2017).

Kinesiology and Physical Education Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or its equivalent is required.
  2. A minimum academic standing equivalent to a CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 Feb. 15 Feb. 15 Feb. 15
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Sept. 1
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete application are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2017-2018 (last updated Jul. 10, 2017).